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Washed away

The Senegalese city of St. Louis is being threatened by rising sea levels. Some 70% of its 250,000 citizens ...

STORY URL: Climate change drowning 'Venice of Africa'
Ameth Diagne was asleep when the first waves lapped at his back door, the lukewarm, salty water seeping into his bedroom an impassive portent of the final days of his 650-year-old fishing community.

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Devastating tornado hits Oklahoma

Here at Swiss Re we are shaken by the devastation caused yesterday by the massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Our ...

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Lead - a heartwarming conclusion

Everyone should read this extraordinary Obiturary on Lead - published recently in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/21566385-lead-tantalisingly-close-death-2013-world-meant-stop-using-leaded-petrol-toxin Politicians ...

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Proactive Planning

Delray Beach has a history of successful planning. The Beach Property Owners Association is already meeting to discuss sea level ...

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Four huge sun flares in 24 hours

Swiss Re's predictions on the impact of Solar flares looks pretty prescient all of a sudden. Especially with how ...

STORY URL: Four colossal Sun flares in 48 hours
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22539160

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Climate Change Insurance

How can we insure regulatory "instruments" such as water rights under a changing climate?

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If New York can't handle it ...

Elisabeth Champ has volunteered in the wake of disasters in Haiti, Japan and the Philippines. She talks about her experience ...

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Natural Catastrophe risk in Italy

A short violent storm spawned large hail and a powerful tornado in the Emilia Romagna region in Northern Italy near ...

STORY URL: Huge tornado strikes northern Italy
Injuries reported as tornado leaves trail of destruction in northern Italy.

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Plastics or Us

I just watched Tapped, a documentary on the meteoric rise in usage of bottled water and beverages, and the cost ...

STORY URL: Tapped
Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is...

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Major earthquakes: important lessons

BBC posted an article with interesting statistics / graphics about the fifth anniversary of the Sichuan, China earthquake, "one of the ...

STORY URL: Sichuan 2008: A disaster on an immense scale
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22398684

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Financing disaster risks

Each year features new headlines about deadly and devastating catastrophes in different parts of the world with earthquakes in Japan ...

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Boost for catastrophe insurance in Italy

Perils, the independent Zurich-based organisation providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, just announced that it is including earthquake and flood Italy ...

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Urge to maintain focus on climate change

For more than 10 years I've been working for business addressing the climate change challenge. In many ways this ...

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Positive energy

Few topics attract so much skepticism and cynical reactions as the energy challenge. For a few years I have been ...

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Who is the victim?

My flight to Zurich was delayed by two hours. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the airplane meal so ...

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